iGB Diary: swapsies, Düsseldorf, biting back and the Pod

first_img iGB Diary: swapsies, Düsseldorf, biting back and the Pod This week we explore spiralling rivalries, Düsseldorf, snake man and the Pod! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter See you next week, igamers! Stay safe in the sun and thunderstorms. Topics: iGB Diary Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter iGB Diary 27th July 2018 | By Hannah Gannage-Stewart This week the Diary returns with three nuggets of gossip to ease you into the weekend. We take a look at the spiralling rivalries between platform providers, an industry road trip to Düsseldorf, slippery dealings and the Pod!Düsseldorf As if we needed any more proof of how rock’n roll igaming is, a group of industry veterans headed to Düsseldorf last week with backstage passes for American rock band Kiss. In true rock’n roll style, our motley crew of igamers picked up a groupie en route and set off for Germany. Rumour has it that not only did they attend the band’s gig but one of their number was pals with the band’s manager and they got to hang out with the band after the show. Rad!Who you gonna call? Paddy Power’s Sportsbet may have come out on top in its recent federal court tussle with Crownbet, blocking the latter’s attempt to change its name to Sportingbet down under. But it now finds itself on the opposite end of a cease and desist order lodged in the Federal Court of Australia for its TV adverts featuring someone called Snake Man. This was lodged after Sportsbet ignored warnings from the “real Snakeman Raymond Hoser” to stop running the ads, who has trademarked the Snakeman and Snake Man names all over the world and now is also seeking licence fees, damages and punitive damages which he says could run into “the millions of dollars”. According to Hoser, who runs the Snakebusters wildlife education business, Australia’s “only hands-on reptile incursion”, party and event experience, says the ad has caused him “immense damage” because it features a snake charmer who loses a venomous snake therefore implying that Hoser “is incompentant (sic) or in some way associated with an incompetent snake handler”. Hoser has form here apparently, claiming to have won four successful infringement actions before reaching court. Will this be time well serpent by Hoser? Will Hoser viper that smirk off Sportsbet’s face? Or will Sportsbet manage to slither out of this one? Time to don our coats? Definitely.iGB Pod This week saw the launch of iGaming Business’s new podcast, imaginatively titled ‘iGB Pod’. You have no idea how long it took us to come up with that (no really). The first edition kicked off at last week’s show in Amsterdam, where a somewhat foggy editorial team were joined by Square In The Air’s James Bennett to chat about the news, followed by an interview with Betsson CEO Jesper Svensson. If you haven’t already, have a listen here!last_img read more

Lobby group urges Australian voters to back online poker

first_img Regions: Oceania Australia Lobby group urges Australian voters to back online poker 23rd January 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Poker Casino & games The Australian Online Poker Alliance (AOPA) has called on poker players in the country to lobby their local politicians to support legalising online poker ahead of this year’s federal election.Australians will head to the polls on May 18 and the AOPA is hoping the elections will help pave the way for legal online poker in the country.At present, Australians online poker is unregulated, meaning players have to access illegal, offshore sites. Legalising internet poker activities has been discussed by lawmakers in the country for years, but the government is yet to push ahead with firm plans, and is instead looking to force operators out of the market.In November last year it claimed tough new penalties had forced 33 operators to pull out of the market, though the AOPA said that this simply resulted in new entrants replacing the departed sites.Joseph Del Duca, founder of the AOPA, is now urging online poker fans across the country to make their voices heard at the elections and join with his organisation in calling on those running for office to support regulated gambling.“By failing to regulate online poker the government has left the tens of thousands of Australians who enjoy playing online poker regularly at risk, forcing them into the hands of unscrupulous black market operators instead of providing a safe, regulated market for Australian online poker players,” he said. “We call on all poker players to use their vote wisely at the next election. Ask those running for election in your seat whether they support safe, regulated online poker.“The AOPA will be asking all candidates this and passing the information on to the Australian poker community. This matter is too important for us to stop fighting.”The AOPA has met with the current government on a number of occasions to discuss the matter, but says little progress has been made despite claiming that politicians have made assurances that legislation is in the works.Del Duca said that the current approach in not legalising online poker does not work, with players instead turning to offshore sites in order to play. He said this leaves them at risk from harm and it is the duty of the government to protect its citizens.“Regardless of who wins the next election, the Government must act in the interest of Australia by regulating online poker,” he said.” This not only provides more revenue to Australia but freedom to Australians to enjoy a hobby they love and the ability to do so in a safe, protected environment.“When the new government is decided after the next election we will be severely ramping up the fight to bring poker back to our country.”According to the most recent voter intention poll from Essential, Australia could be set for a very close race between the ruling National-Liberal Coalition and the Australian Labor Party (ALP).The poll, carried out from January 9-13, suggests both parties will win 38% of the vote. However, the two-party-preferred vote, places the ALP ahead on 53%, with the Coalition on 47%.Image: Santeri Viinamäki The Australian Online Poker Alliance (AOPA) has called on gamblers in the country to lobby local politicians to support legalising online poker ahead of this year’s federal election. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

France Pari claims validation after BNP Paribas backing

first_img BNP Paribas’ involvement as a shareholder in France Pari is great news for the group and its future prospects. That doesn’t mean the group will lose focus on the tasks at hand, namely launches in Spain and potentially Buenos Aires, chief executive Hervé Schlosser tells iGamingBusiness.com.By all accounts, the arrival of BNP Paribas as a minority shareholder in France Pari/Sportnco’s corporate structure is a good move for the Toulouse-based supplier of betting solutions.The financial group’s investment division is taking out a minority stake in France Pari that will see it invest around €2m in the group, and with ARKEA (part of Crédit Mutuel group) and public investment bank BPI France, provide it with €3.4m of credit facilities.The agreement means France Pari/Sportnco will be able to grow its business, increase its headcount from around 70 to 100m, and benefit from the presence of strong institutional investors on its strategic committee, thus consolidating its position and giving it a strong base from which to develop its products.“BNP Paribas’s participation is based on a long-term vision,” France Pari’s CEO and founder Hervé Schlosser says. “The group invests its own funds in these projects and sets out a long-term path for growth without the short-term pressures on returns that are more common in private equity-backed operations.”It’s also a sign of the good work, tech and commercial, France Pari has accomplished since 2010 and the ‘controlled opening’ of the French igaming market.However, Schlosser also admits that the start of its activities was not easy – high taxes and regulatory burdens and an ultra-competitive market putting paid to many, often larger and better-known, suppliers’ and operators’ hopes within a couple of years of launch.Schlosser agrees when this version of events is put to him, but points out that what enabled his company to carve out a position for itself was its flexibility and adapting quickly to the B2B market.“In practice, this meant tight risk management and trading in partnership with our operators,” he explains. “This enabled us to generate the margins our clients needed and we combined it with a strong focus on tech development.”This combination of attention to detail and agility has seen the group grow its client base to include, among others, NetBet, ZEBet, Genybet and PMU (for fantasy sports) in France and Casino Gran Madrid, MGA and Sisal in Spain. This, in effect, means France Pari/Sportnco runs the two largest B2B betting networks in those countries.So what will France Pari/Sportnco do with these new funds and shareholders?“They will enable us to keep developing our technology for our existing clients and prospects. We want to constantly improve our platform, that is what will enable us to grow further,” says Schlosser.Surely his company will be looking at more growth, with new client sign ups and potential acquisitions?“Yes, eventually,” he says, “but that is always part of our ongoing projects. For example, Sisal will be going live in Spain in Q3 and we are partnering with them to apply for a Buenos Aires Province licence.“It’s also no secret that we are in talks with groups in other Latam countries and operators in the US. For the time being we will focus on improving our platform and our tech and continuing our B2B growth.”If Schlosser’s comments sound somewhat underwhelming, they are not meant to be. What he is saying is that he wants to focus on the tasks at hand before turning his attentions to commercial developments or M&A opportunities.So for the time being the focus is on developing the company’s existing business and benefit from the involvement of the new institutions and shareholders, but also expect announcements on commercial and M&A activities at a later point as the group works on those topics in the background.As Schlosser concludes: “The agreement validates the expertise and know-how France Pari has developed since 2010.“We will carry on with this strategy which has served us well so far and of course keep all options open as new opportunities will doubtless arise.” Finance Regions: Europe LATAM Southern Europe Western Europe Italy Spain France Argentina 28th June 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address France Pari claims validation after BNP Paribas backing Tags: Mobile Online Gambling BNP Paribas’ involvement as a shareholder in France Pari is great news for the group and its future prospects. That doesn’t mean the group will lose focus on the tasks at hand, namely launches in Spain and potentially Buenos Aires, chief executive Hervé Schlosser tells iGamingBusiness.com. Topics: Finance Sports betting Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

PL stakeholders unanimously back return to training

first_imgSports betting PL stakeholders unanimously back return to training Premier League footballers will resume training from tomorrow (19 May), the first step towards resuming the English top division season following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19)-enforced shutdown.Shareholders voted unanimously in favour of the return to small-group training, which enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. This has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, club doctors, independent experts and the government.At this stage, full-contact training – such as tackling – will not be permitted.A consultation with players, the Professional Footballers Association and the League Managers Association will continue, in order to develop protocols for full-contact play.The Premier League said strict medical protocols will ensure all players can train in the safest possible environment.“The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process,” the league said.The Premier League has been suspended since 13 March, originally until 3 April, after a number of players and managers tested positive for Covid-19. The UK government’s measures to ease lockdown make a return before 1 June impossible, though all teams have committed to finishing the season.As of 13 March, Liverpool topped the league on 82 points, 25 ahead of second-placed Manchester City. Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City occupy the relegation places.While football governing bodies in countries such as France, Belgium and the Netherlands have all ended their seasons early, England, Italy and Spain remain set on playing the final games of the 2019-20 campaign. Germany’s Bundesliga, meanwhile, played its first round of fixtures since lockdown over the weekend.In related news, the Scottish Premier League season has been concluded, with Celtic declared champions for the ninth season in a row, and bottom-placed Heart of Midlothian relegated.“Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to officially congratulate Celtic on their achievement of winning the Ladbrokes Premiership this season, and also to sincerely commiserate with Hearts on their relegation,” Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) chair Murdoch MacLennan said.“We would all have rather seen the league season played out on pitches, in stadiums and in front of supporters,” MacLennan continued. “This is not the way anybody involved with Scottish football would have wanted to conclude the league season but, given the grave and unprecedented circumstances that we are facing, the board has agreed that it is the only practical way forward.He added that government-imposed restrictions and concerns over player safety meant an early end to the season was the only option.While SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said all clubs were of the “clear and unanimous view” that the season had to end early, Hearts have submitted a resolution to restructure the Scottish leagues, which would see it avoid relegation.Should this be rejected, it warned that it would pursue legal action, saying the costs of litigation would be far outweighed by the financial impact of relegation. Topics: Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 18th May 2020 | By contenteditor Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Premier League footballers will resume training from tomorrow (19 May), the first step towards resuming the English top division season following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19)-enforced shutdown. Regions: UK & Ireland Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

Is the Carnival share price a bargain?

first_imgIs the Carnival share price a bargain? James J. McCombie has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Carnival. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The trajectory the Carnival (LSE: CCL) share price has been down since late 2017. Then came the coronavirus and the market crash that wiped out over 75% of the price of Carnival shares in little over a month. Now that the dust has somewhat settled, those shares are trading at 1,247p, well below their 2017 high of 5,435p. So, is the Carnival share price a bargain?Debt anchorLet’s start with that decline in share price before the coronavirus hit the markets. Carnival’s revenues have grown each year from 2015 to 2019. Net income has been a little more volatile, but 2019 net income was higher than it was in 2015. Dividends were also creeping higher. It might seem odd that the share price was declining from 2017, given these trends.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…What were investors reacting to, then? Well, cash balances were shrinking, and debt was rising as Carnival increased its cruise capacity. However, industry analysts were forecasting a slump in demand for cruises back in 2017. But perhaps they were jumping the gun. The ratio of Carnival’s sales to its property, plant, and equipment increased from 0.49 to 0.55 between 2016 and 2019. Whatever the increases in capacity, the company was drawing even more in revenue, and confounding analyst expectations.But then the coronavirus hit. Demand for cruises did not just slump, it capsized. To stop itself going under, Carnival pledged around $28bn of idled cruise ships and other assets as collateral to raise $3bn in three-year bonds. The interest rate on these bonds is a hefty 11.5%, costing $450m in interest each year. In addition, Carnival sold $1.75bn worth of bonds that can convert into shares, as well as $1.25bn worth of new shares.Cheap cruise?Cruise companies had already suffered reputational damage from frequent norovirus outbreaks aboard their ships. Covid-19 outbreaks at sea now add to the concerns around staying healthy when cruising, particularly for the roughly one in seven cruise ship passengers that are over 70, who will probably not book a new trip for years.In time, however, I believe the cruise proposition will regain most of its appeal, and Carnival could, at least operationally, match its previous performance. Before the pandemic struck, Carnival had a 20-quarter streak of beating analyst expectations. It was taking in more revenues and using its assets with increasing efficiency.The problem is that equity investors will see large interest payments eat into their cash flows, and there are more of them competing for what’s left, even if performance returns to normal. There is a risk that further debt and equity issues could make the situation worse, particularly if it takes longer than expected for the world to return to normal. Then there is always the chance that Carnival will not survive.I am wary of calling the Carnival share price a bargain. In the short term, those shares look more like a bet on survival, and I would rather own the company’s three-year bonds. In the long term, it will take years to pay down that balance sheet and get earnings and dividends per share back to where they were. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” James J. McCombie | Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020 | More on: CCL I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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The Eurasia Mining share price is up 10% today. Should I buy now?

first_img Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! The Eurasia Mining (LSE: EUA) share price has jumped in early deals this morning. It seems investors are buying the stock after the company published an update on its sale process last night. Eurasia has been up for sale for the best part of a year. Unfortunately, the coronavirus crisis has delayed any transaction, but it now looks as if the company is finally nearing a formal deal. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Offer received According to its press release, issued after the market closed on Wednesday, Eurasia has received “several proposals including a proposal from a credible party for the potential acquisition of substantially all of company’s assets.“Following this development, management has decided to exit the formal sale process and focus on this one deal. However, the transaction isn’t a done deal just yet. Indeed, as Eurasia warned in its update, “until a transaction is finally concluded there can be no certainty that a transaction will occur or on what terms.“Commenting on this development, CEO Christian Schaffalitzky said management was “delighted to have received a proposal from a credible party that could allow us to pay a significant dividend to all shareholders.“But, of course, as the deal is still in its early stages, there’s no guarantee Eurasia Mining will pay a dividend.And as well as the potential offer, the company is also pushing ahead with the development of its flagship West Kytlim asset. It’s received approval to increase production volumes by opening another two processing facilities. This will also diversify the firm’s revenue stream, which was previously dependent on one facility. So, even though management has received an offer for the business, it’s still focused on becoming a globally-significant producer of platinum group and battery metals.I think this is a good strategy, and it de-risks the investment to a certain extent. For example, if no offer emerges, the company will still have its mining business to concentrate on. Considering the outlook for battery and rare-earth metals, both outcomes seem favourable. Eurasia Mining share price outlook After considering the recent developments, it’s clear to me why the Eurasia Mining share price has reacted so positively this morning. However, there are still plenty of risks surrounding the business.For a start, there’s no guarantee an offer will emerge for the enterprise. Furthermore, even if an offer does appear, there’s no guarantee it’ll be above the current share price. This is probably one of the most significant risks facing the stock right now. Buyers may not be willing to pay the market price for the assets. In this situation, management may reject the deal.In this situation, Eurasia would fall back on its production assets. These assets are world-class. Still, I can’t tell how much the production could be worth at this stage. Commodity prices can be highly volatile. While demand for battery-group metals is growing, other producers are also rushing to ramp up output. Higher output could push prices down. As such, I wouldn’t buy Eurasia today as I think the stock already looks expensive. That said, if I already owned the stock, I’d hang on and assess the final offer for the Eurasia Mining share price. If, or when, it emerges.  Rupert Hargreaves | Thursday, 13th May, 2021 | More on: EUA Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Image source: Getty Images center_img Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar The Eurasia Mining share price is up 10% today. Should I buy now? I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.last_img read more

Anglicans join global wave of solidarity after Palm Sunday Coptic…

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY [Anglican Communion News Service] Anglican leaders around the world have added their voices to the global wave of solidarity that followed the deadly Palm Sunday attacks on Coptic churches in Egypt. The terror group Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks, which left at least 44 people dead and many more injured.The secretary general of the Anglican Communion, Josiah Idowu-Fearon, said that he was “shocked and greatly saddened” by the attacks, “particularly as they took place on Palm Sunday,” he said.Full article. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Tony Oberdorfer says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Events Submit a Job Listing Ecumenical & Interreligious, Anglicans join global wave of solidarity after Palm Sunday Coptic bombings April 11, 2017 at 8:38 pm You realize that Daesh could care less about you being shocked and sadden. Sadden yes, but why were you shocked ? The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Comments are closed. Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Middle East Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis ron davin says: Featured Jobs & Callscenter_img Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Comments (3) Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Anglican Communion, Submit a Press Release Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR April 11, 2017 at 6:32 pm In a recent journalistic book on Egypt which I saw reviewed in the New York Times early this year, and covering the period post-Arab Spring and the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood by the Egyptian government, the author cited the routine violent scapegoating of Coptic Christians by the Muslim majority. This happens sometimes with the government turning a blind eye, and also because scapegoating of Coptic Christians serves as a safety valve for the frustrations of the majority socially conservative populace. The latter “blame” the Copts for the failure of economic opportunities for Muslim men, their families and clans, rather than the vicious cycle produced by the contradictions and corruption inherent in their reactionary Muslim society. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Posted Apr 11, 2017 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN April 17, 2017 at 2:21 pm Why should the secretary general of the Anglican Communion be especially distressed by the attacks “particularly as they took place on Palm Sunday”? Would the victims be any less dead had they been murdered the day before or after? Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Bath, NC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK gordon fuglie says: last_img read more

Habits of Grace: Look for the helpers

first_img Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted May 4, 2020 Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Bath, NC Presiding Bishop Michael Curry The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL Featured Events The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Editor’s note: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is offering Habits of Grace, a weekly meditation to help Episcopalians cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing physical distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’ A new video meditation will be posted on Mondays through May.” — Presiding Bishop Michael CurryMay 4, 2020:  Look for the helpersHello, this is the week of May the third in the year of our Lord 2020. This past week, for some reason I thought of Mr. Rogers, who once said that his mother told him when he was a little boy and he asked her about scary things in the news and about difficult and painful things in the news. And his mother gave him some simple advice of how to handle that. She said to him, “Always look for the helpers.” I have a sneaking suspicion that signs of God’s continued watchful care, signs of hope, are in the helpers.This past April 27, was the 100th birthday of one of those helpers.Captain Tom Moore, retired Royal Air Force, celebrated his 100th birthday. But even of more significance than that, earlier in April, Captain Moore who had just had hip surgery and who was 99 at the time, began trying to raise money for the health system in Britain. And he hoped to raise about a thousand pounds by walking and asking people to give on a website. Well, he raised more than a thousand pounds. In fact, between the beginning of April and his birthday on April the 27th he raised more than $40 million. People from all over the world gave money to support and help the National Health System during this crisis. People from all over the world, from England itself. Mr. Rogers’ mother was right. If you want to see the hand of God, even in the midst of the most difficult times, look for the helpers.There were helpers who raised $40 million and there was a helper named Captain Tom Moore, retired Royal Air Force, who turned 100 last week.There’s a prayer on the website of the Episcopal church under the COVID-19 response that prays for the helpers.Compassionate God, support and strengthen all those who reach out in love, concern, and prayer for the sick and the distressed. In their acts of compassion, may they know that they are your instruments. In their concerns and fears, may they know your peace. In their prayer, may they know your steadfast love. May they not grow weary or fainthearted for your mercy’s sake. Amen. [EOW2, 93]Love God. Love your neighbor. Love yourself. God bless you and keep the faith. Amen.Hábitos de gracia, 4 de mayo de 2020: una invitación para ti, del obispo primado CurryMientras aprendemos a ajustar nuestras vidas dada la realidad del coronavirus y atendemos la solicitud de hacer nuestra parte para frenar su propagación practicando el distanciamiento social, les invito a que se unan a mí cada semana para dedicar un momento a cultivar un «hábito de gracia».   Una nueva meditación se publicará todos los lunes hasta mayo. Estas meditaciones pueden verse en cualquier momento haciendo clic aquí.4 de mayo de 2020:  busca a los ayudadoresHola, esta es la semana del 3 de mayo en el año de nuestro Señor 2020. La semana pasada, por alguna razón, pensé en Mr. Rogers, quien una vez contó lo que su madre le dijo cuando era un niñito y él le preguntó sobre cosas que lo atemorizaban en las noticias y sobre cosas difíciles y dolorosas en las noticias. Y su madre le dio un consejo sencillo para enfrentarse a eso. Ella le dijo: «Siempre busca a los ayudadores». Tengo una secreta sospecha de que las señales de la atención constante de Dios, señales de esperanza, están en los ayudadores.El pasado 27 de abril, fue el centésimo cumpleaños de uno de esos ayudadores.El capitán Tom Moore, retirado de la Real Fuerza Aérea, celebró su centenario. Pero algo aun más importante que eso: a principios de abril, el Capitán Moore, que acababa de someterse a una cirugía de cadera y que tenía 99 años en ese momento, comenzó a tratar de recaudar dinero para el sistema de salud de Gran Bretaña. Y esperaba recaudar alrededor de mil libras caminando y pidiéndole a la gente que hiciera donaciones en un sitio web. Pues bien, él recaudó más de mil libras. De hecho, entre principios de abril y su cumpleaños, el 27 de abril, recaudó más de $40 millones. Personas de todo el mundo dieron dinero para apoyar y ayudar al Sistema Nacional de Salud durante esta crisis. Gente de todo el mundo, [y] de la propia Inglaterra. La madre de Mr. Rogers tenía razón. Si quieres ver la mano de Dios, incluso en medio de los momentos más difíciles, busca a los ayudadores.Hubo ayudadores que recaudaron $40 millones y hubo un ayudador que responde al nombre de capitán Tom Moore, retirado de la Real Fuera Aérea, que cumplió 100 años la semana pasada.Hay una oración en el sitio web de la Iglesia Episcopal bajo el título de respuesta al COVID-19 en que se pide por los ayudadores.Dios compasivo, apoya y fortalece a todos aquellos que se acercan con amor, preocupación y oración a los enfermos y angustiados. En sus actos compasivos, que sepan que son sus instrumentos. En sus inquietudes y temores, que conozcan tu paz. En su oración, que conozcan tu constante amor. Que no se cansen ni desfallezcan, por amor a tu misericordia. Amén [EOW2, 93]Ama a Dios. Ama a tu prójimo. Ámate a ti mismo.Que Dios les bendiga y les guarde en la fe. Amén. 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New funding criteria from the Nationwide Foundation

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New funding criteria from the Nationwide Foundation The Nationwide Foundation has announced new funding criteria for registered charities in the UK. Its new Money Matters and Homes Matter grant programmes will help tackle the issues of housing and financial exclusion.Under the programme the Foundation will make grants to registered charities that:* Tackle financial exclusion, affecting disadvantaged groups across the UK;* Address housing issues and homelessness among vulnerable groups in the UK.The Foundation will offer, through its Investor Programme, three-year grants of up to £300,000 to registered charities with incomes not exceeding £10 million. The Investor Programme is open for applications until 31 May 2009.The Foundation’s Small Grants Programme is also open for applications. It makes grants of up to £5,000 to registered charities with incomes of under £500,000 on an ongoing basis.www.nationwidefoundation.org.uk Tagged with: Funding  23 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 15 April 2009 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Thug who imposes the law in Tehran

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Prosecutor and, ironically, law professor at the Tehran faculty of journalism, Mortazavi’s persecution of the media has resulted in the suspension of dozens of newspapers and the jailing of many journalists, often tried behind closed doors and held in solitary confinement for months, as was confirmed by a UN delegation that included special rapporteur for freedom of expression Ambeyi Ligabo. It is Mortazavi who issues the warrants to the intelligence ministry and prosecutor’s office agents who arrest “suspects”. He prepares the prosecution cases, drafts the indictments and oversees interrogation. On the basis of past experience, we believe he participates actively in interrogation sessions. One of these bloggers, Rafihzadeh, the daily Etemad’s arts and culture editor, who was arrested on 7 September 2004 and released two months later, told Reporters Without Borders: “Mortazavi played a key role in the bloggers affair, both during the interrogations, in which he did not hesitate to use torture, and in the staging of the confessions, which he dictated himself.” “Two official Iranian investigations confirmed that Mortazavi ordered the illegal arrest and detention of Ms. Kazemi that resulted in her torture and death,” Canadian foreign minister Lawrence Cannon said on 26 June. He also said there had been reports that Mortazavi falsified documents to cover up his involvement in her case. Canada continues to press Iran to carry out a credible investigation into her death. Mortazavi is blamed for Iranian-Canadian photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi’s death in custody on July 2003. Arrested while photographing the families of detainees outside Tehran’s Evin prison on 23 June 2003, Kazemi was tortured during interrogation and died as a result of injuries to the head. UN Human Rights Commission special representative Maurice Copithorne was told by a senior official in 2002 that Mortazavi was one of four judges being investigated by a judicial disciplinary court on suspicion of committing serious crimes. Copithorne had proposed at the time that he should be immediately relieved of his duties pending a decision by this court. Born in 1967 in the small town of Meybod, in the eastern province of Kerman, he went to secondary school before joining a militia created by Ayatollah Khomeiny in the 1980s. He began studying law at Tafat free university in Kerman province in 1985 without sitting an entrance test, taking advantage of a quota reserved for militiamen and the relatives of martyrs. June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Rafihzadeh continued: “After we were released, we were summoned to Mortazavi’s office and he threatened to organise an ‘interview’ with the Fars News agency that all the media would attend. These forced confessions were as important as the actual trial. I remember that Mortazavi threatened us one day, saying, ‘The next time it will be 20 years if you don’t do what I say. And don’t forget that road accidents happen quickly in Iran, either to you or your family.’ Nowadays, the authorities, above all Mortazavi, are using the same methods now against those who have been arrested. Mortazavi reportedly uses every kind of psychological and physical pressure and harassment when he conducts interrogations. His use of mistreatment has been confirmed several times. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Organisation Follow the news on Iran The man who has been orchestrating the crackdown on journalists and demonstrators since 12 June 2009, Tehran prosecutor general Said Mortazavi, has had a long career as a human rights predator. At the same time, he worked for two years as Tafat deputy prosecutor before becoming the head of the justice department in the province. His links with the “Motalefeh” current, a conservative wing of the regime with a great deal of influence within the judicial system, played a key role in his rise in the state apparatus. He was named as president of the 9th chamber of the Tehran court in 1992.center_img News News Help by sharing this information June 11, 2021 Find out more In a crackdown on bloggers in 2004, Mortazavi used videoed confessions as a way to pressure some of those detained. As a result, Omid Memarian, Shahram Rafihzadeh, Rozbeh Mir Ebrahimi, Javad Gholam Tamayomi were all forced to accuse themselves of grotesque crimes they had never committed. Receive email alerts to go further During a “media spring” that was made possible by the reformist Mohamad Khatami’s election as president in 1997, the ambitious Judge Mortazavi became the scourge of the pro-reform newspapers, acting at the Supreme Leader’s behest. After presiding Tribunal 1410, dubbed the “press tribunal” for having suspended hundreds of newspapers since April 2000, Mortazavi was appoint Tehran prosecutor general on 20 May 2003. News “In these confessions, he wanted us to denounce journalists and pro-reform politicians. He also insisted a great deal that we talk about the Zahra Kazemi case, asking us to say that ‘Kazemi was invited to Iran by one of the reformist politicians’. He wanted to use our confessions to cover up his own involvement in the case.”Another blogger, Omidreza Mirsayafi, who was arrested on Mortazavi’s orders, died in prison in suspicious circumstances on 18 March 2009. At the time, Reporters Without Borders called for an immediate investigation into his death. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election July 1, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Thug who imposes the law in Tehran IranMiddle East – North Africa March 18, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more